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Kenya mulls application to grow GM flowers

Kenya’s National Biosafety Authority is pondering an application by a South African company to conduct the country’s first open field trials of a genetically modified flower.

The NBA is inviting views from the public ahead of the intended “environmental release” of a genetically modified variety of cut flower GM Gypsophila, following an application by Cape Town-based company Imaginature. The deadline for comments is 15 July.

Gypsophila, commonly known as baby’s breath, is popularly used at weddings and christenings. Traditionally white, the genetically modified variants sport a new range of colours ranging from dark purple and red to light pink. This, says a note published by the NBA, enables it to fetch high prices on the international cut-flowers market.

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